Day and Night in the World

How do different parts of the world experience day and night? Introduce scholars to the concept of global citizenship while teaching about animal behavior with discussion of nocturnal and diurnal animals. Then, learners complete demonstrations of sunlight on Earth's surface to see how Earth's rotation affects day and night.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Introduce animal behavior and classification by including a variety of animals 
  • Demonstrate how the sun appears based on Earth's rotation
  • Extend learning by including cultural application
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires some materials that are not typically found in a classroom
  • May need to substitute, or prepare in advance, some materials based on grade level and availability
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Pros

  • Incorporates a variety of instructional strategies including discussion and hands-on activities
  • Encourages global citizenship
Cons

  • None